Greg Chase – 2013 NHL Draft Prospect

     

    Greg Chase been on an upward trajectory since he was drafted out of Sherwood Park, Alberta by the Calgary Hitmen with the final pick of the 1st round of the 2010 Bantam draft.

    Chase had been drafted as an offensive forward, but it took some time for Chase to find his game and gain some confidence in his abilities as a 16 year-old.  After just struggling to find his place in the Hitmen lineup early last season, Chase showed enough to earn an invite to Team Pacific at the U17 World Hockey Challenge over the holidays.  Getting to play on a line with Sam Reinhart and Nic Petan, Chase quickly showed that he could score if given the chance.  When he returned to the Hitmen, Chase looked to have gained some confidence in his abilities and used that to eventually worked his way into a top 6 role on a strong Calgary team late in the season.

     

    Fast forward to this season and Chase looks to be in full control of his game after taken another leap forward.  He has evolved into a key playmaker on the Hitmen – one that is able to quickly evaluate options and distribute the puck with accuracy.  He shows great patience when permitted and makes smart decisions to keep the puck in play when his options are limited.  Chase protects the puck well and is using his body positioning and stick-handling ability to create more space for himself.

    In addition to his exceptional playmaking abilities, Chase is responsible in his play without the puck.  He plays the Hitmen system well and positions himself well to block passing lanes off the forecheck.  Within his zone, Chase has shown good improvement and he is now capably able to direct his teammates where to go.  The leadership that Chase displays is a strong testiment to his character and willingness to put his team first.  If he continues to play to his abilities, Chase is poised to put his name in consideration for the 1st round of the upcoming NHL draft.